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Teenage boy responsible for shot fired at school bus in Valley Center

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VALLEY CENTER (CNS) - A 17-year-old boy target shooting on his parents' property apparently fired a shot that ricocheted off of something and struck a school bus carrying a half-dozen children in Valley Center, shattering a window on the vehicle but causing no injuries, sheriff's authorities announced Tuesday.

A single .22-caliber bullet struck the vehicle about 8:45 a.m. Monday as it traveled along Valley Center Road, near Boucher Heights Road in the southern reaches of Rincon Indian Reservation, according to San Diego County sheriff's Sgt. Bob Bishop.

"The round struck (a) glass panel in the bus entry door," Bishop said. "The round was recovered on the floor of the bus just below the window."

The driver, Judy Arnett, 70, proceeded to a nearby fire station to report the shooting.

Arnett and the other adult who was aboard the bus at the time said they did not hear the round fired or see anyone in the area, which mostly consists of brush-covered hillsides surrounding isolated homes, the sergeant said.

Deputies from the Valley Center Sheriff's Station and officers from the Pauma Valley California Highway Patrol office searched the area and contacted several area homeowners, including one with a 17-year-old son who had been target shooting at the time of the incident.

"It appears that this was not an intentional act on the part of the teenager, however the investigation will be sent to the Office of the District Attorney for review," Bishop said.

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